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Old 04-20-2017, 06:30 PM   #1
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Default Looking for Quality PAR Meter - features for testing bought COB Array

Hello Everyone,

I recently had a situation with the company who built my Vero29 12 Cob Array -- It's a one person business and I am not going to say his name yet to see if he is going to be an adult and respond to my emails.

I finally received my array in but knowing now how much this guy lied to me, I am a bit worried that he might have built it differently then he said etc...
I want to get a meter as he does all his own videos online of the PAR reading for chips etc... so I can check them vs his video and see if I got what i paid for.

Any help in a quality device that isn't going to cost a ton as I wont' be using it a lot.
Thank you very much!!!!
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You might check to see if there's a smart phone app. I have seen a number of light meter apps. Not sure how accurate they would be.
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Hydropharm makes a decent one ..tech.
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Give this a look.

http://www.grozine.com/2014/07/18/fr...t-meters-apps/

Free Grow Light Meters Apps
Have a Smart Phone? You HAVE a Light Meter!
Cool. Free grow light meter apps for smart phones like your iPhone or Android. Being humble gardeners, we have an older model iPhone 4 handy and wanted to see if we could successfully use it as a light meter for gauging our hydroponics crop lighting, and it had to be 100% FREE for our test of Free Grow Light Meters Apps.

Doing a quick search in the App Store online, we found quite a variety, most of which were best suited for photography.

However of the 66 different Apps we scrolled through quickly, we spotted two that met our criteria:

free
measure in LUX AND KLX (Kilo LUX)
*10 LUMENS = 1 LUX, bright sunlight at noon in Calfornia, USA is about 5000 Lumens or 500 LUX.

For the scope of quick and straight to the point free grow light meter apps review, we’ll simply say that there is a lot of different ways to measure light. Lux or lumens measurements not take into account the Spectrum of light, ie the different wavelengths/colors that have different effects on photosynthesis (the light energy that is specific to plant growth). There are other measurements like PAR, MicroEinsteins, etc….and they are not without their criticisms too. For example, it’s silly to think all plants use light nutrition the same–and all the time. As an indoor hydroponics grower, there is a good bet you prefer more blue in the light spectrum for vegetative growth and more red later on in budding and flowering. The difference can be seen and measured.



However, LUX or LUMENS for our purposes is just fine for comparing similar light sources for intensity, for example one HPS lamp to another or following a grow tip, that for example says SPECIFIC light sources like: Cool White Flourescent, HPS or MH. So long as you compare relative apples to relative apples and are looking for general readings rather than exacting values this will suit your indoor growing purposes just fine.



As you progress in your thirst for more knowledge or specific information, you may decide to go more the route of PAR readings, etc, just be prepared to spend more money to know the specifics–although your plants may not seem to care which meter you use, so long as they get the right intensity from the light right source and at the right time.



NOW BACK TO THE TWO APPS WE FOUND (FREE, CLICK TO VIEW OR DOWNLOAD EITHER APP):
Galactica Light Meter App
Whitegoods Light Meter App
As a benchmark we used “‘Ol Faithful” , our 9V battery powered Milwaukee Instruments LUX Meter. This unit has been in service for a long time, and we still get lots of value from it. It has paid for itself hundreds of times over at this point in terms of improved crops through knowing rather than guessing what our light intensities are and developing a good lighting program for each crop stage.



THE QUICK TEST:
We are perpetually starting fresh veggie transplants indoors for transplant outdoors to our NFT hydroponics system or soilless raised beds. We want to make sure our germinating seedlings are getting enough light while we are equally careful to maintain the optimal temperature, especially for our lettuce.

12oo lumens of flourescent lighting for germination, rooting and pre-veg has proved to be ideal on plants that prefer higher light levels, although typically much higher than this when they are large and near maturity, for example increasing to 5000-7500 lumens of HPS lighting. NOTE: we stated the type of light source in giving those measurements. For Kilo Lux, which is what we are going to measuring in that’s 120 and 500-750 respectively.
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